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1203, Private Frederick YATES — 17th Lancers

Also recorded as "Yeats".

Birth & early life

Born at Heston, Middlesex, and baptised at Hounslow on the 2nd of July 1837, the son of John and Elizabeth Yates.


Enlisted at Hounslow on the 28th of February 1854.

Age: 17.

Height: 5' 6".

Trade: Labourer.

Features: Fresh complexion. Blue eyes. Fair hair.


Joined the regiment in the Crimea on the 20th of June 1855.

Transferred to the 7th Hussars 12th of August 1857. Regimental No. 138.

Served during the Mutiny from the 4th of February to the 10th of October 1858, including the Siege of Lucknow.

Invalided from India, "consequent upon being recommended for a change of climate". He embarked for England on the 27th of February 1862.

Discharge & pension

Discharged from Chatham Invalid Depot on the 15th of July 1862, as "Unfit for service — consequent to palpitations of the heart, the result of service in a hot climate."

Served 6 years 276 days.

In Turkey and the Crimea: 10 months. In India: 4 years.

Conduct: "good".

Not in possession of any Good Conduct badges.

Six times entered in the Regimental Defaulter's book. Never tried by Court-martial.

Aged 25 years 4 months on discharge.

Awarded a pension of 6d. per day. "Conditional" from the 6th of September 1864 to the 1st of September 1866, this was made "permanent" from the 8th of October 1867. The last letter regarding his pension sent to him on the 15th of August 1887.

To live in Richmond, Surrey.


Entitled to the Crimean medal with clasp for Sebastopol, and the Turkish medal.

Mutiny medal with clasp for Lucknow.

Documents confirm the award of the Crimean and Mutiny medals.


Life after service


Emily H Yeats, September Quarter 1866, Richmond S.

Frederick William Yeats, c. 1868, Richmond.

George Yeats, c. 1871, East Mosley.

Robert Yeates, c. 1872, East Mosley.

Jane Yeates, c. 1873, East Mosley.

Annie Yeates, 1879, East Mosley.

1871 Census

Chess Villas, East Molesey

Fredk Yeats, 33, Warder at Hampton Ct Palace, born Hounslow.

Elizabeth Yeats, 36, Richmond.

Fredk Yeats, 3, Scholar, Teddington.

Emily Yeats, 4, Scholar, Kew.

George Yeats, 10 months, Molesley.

1881 Census

Yew Cottage, 1, Washington Road, Kingston on Thames, Surrey.

Frederick Yeats [sic], a "Warder under HM Office Works", aged 45, born Hounslow.

His wife Elizabeth, aged 46, Hounslow.

Five children are also shown, aged between 1 and 13 years. [RM]

1891 Census

Fairfield Pl, 5 Ayres Court, Kingston

Fredk Yeats, 56, Warder Hampton Court Palace, born Hounslow.

Elizabeth Yeats, 56, Richmond.

Annie Yeats, 11, Scholar, Kingston.

Death & burial

Death registered

His death, aged 57, is shown in the GRO records in the June quarter of 1894 in the Kingston registration district. His surname is spelled "Yeats".

References & acknowledgements

Additional birth registrations, and Census information for 1871, and 1891 kindly provided by Chris Poole.

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